WHO WE ARE
We are a Congregation of the United Free Church of Scotland.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
‘Statements of Faith’ are many and varied. As such, it is not a simple thing to select some particular statements as ‘fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith’, because any statement which could be made is open to different understandings and interpretation. Also, many Statements are located in a particular period of time and faced peculiar historical situations. Recognising the limitations of any simple statement, and without attempting to be exhaustive, the following represents our fundamental beliefs:
- We worship one true God, eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.
- We believe that this God is the origin and Creator of all things.
- Our knowledge of God comes primarily from the Bible. Through these writings God speaks.
- The Bible describes that God is holy, righteous, merciful and steadfastly loving. He desires that people should live in complete friendship with Him and each other.
- The Bible reveals that people are inherently broken and selfish and, in this condition, they do not fulfil God’s purposes for their lives. As long as people remain in this condition, they are alienated from God and unable to find their own way back to Him.
- The Bible describes the life, teaching, crucifixion and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ, and that the purpose of Christ’s life, death and resurrection was to fully reveal God to humanity and to bring them back into relationship with God.
- By the working of the Holy Spirit, all people are invited and enabled to turn from brokenness and sin, to put their faith and complete trust in Christ and, in so doing, to live in complete friendship with God.
- In this response to the work of God, Christians possess a new life that is characterised by worship, praise, thanksgiving, contentment, peace, freedom, service, witness and love.
- We acknowledge that Christians are not immune from grief and pain; in addition, they are called to be ready for sacrifice in following and serving Christ. Yet, in spite of this, or through this, Christians are assured of the help of God in bearing the burdens of life and overcoming its difficulties.
- In the light of the resurrection of Jesus, we believe that Christians shall receive eternal life with God.